A take on Love

Love one another, but make not a bond of love

Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls

Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup

Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf

Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,

Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping

For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts

And stand together yet not too near together:

For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.


– Excerpted from Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet.


About Manali Shah

Postmodern. Spiritual. Feminist.

Posted on October 12, 2010, in Excerpts and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Such profound and beautiful lines. πŸ™‚

  2. Ah that was wonderful. More people need to read this, its the right way to look at love and it took me so many years to see it. Nobody can complete you, they can only compliment you! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I am glad you like it. And yes, I hope more people read and understand it πŸ™‚

  4. Nice blog and lovely eternal words from the great poet!

  5. This is so true. I think that everybody wants someone to love, but still want some ‘me’-time aswell. Did you made this up?

  6. manali,
    this was superb. I liked it too much. Its unbelivable how much you read and how much you retain. this piece is just out of the world. How Do you regularly read so many books and still get time to reply to each and every persons bolgs on so many different social sites.

  7. Beautiful Manali! Love your blog! πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting my blog btw.Do come often! πŸ™‚

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